Of course, we’d describe neo-Nazi white supremacy as idiocy anyway but it’s rather nice when they come right out and prove it all over again. One of the splinter groups – they’re all splinter groups really – that makes up the white supremacy movement in the US has just appointed a black guy to be its leader. Not only that, he’s a black guy working as an activist against white supremacy groups. So much so that he seems to have become leader in order to undermine the group:
The new leader of one of the most prominent neo-Nazi groups in the U.S. is a black activist who wants to dismantle the group from the inside, The Associated Press reports. James Hart Stern is the new leader of the National Socialist Movement [NSM], a neo-Nazi group being sued for its involvement in violence during the white nationalist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017. According to court documents obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday, Stern is seeking to use his position as the president of the group to possibly undermine their defense in the lawsuit. In the filing, Stern also reportedly asks the federal court overseeing the Charlottesville case to rule against the NSM.
Heimbach said Schoep’s apparent departure and Stern’s installation as its leader probably spell the end of the group in its current form. Schoep was 21 when he took control of the group in 1994 and renamed it the National Socialist Movement, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. “I think it’s kind of a sad obit for one of the longest-running white nationalist organizations,” said Heimbach, who estimates it had about 40 active, dues-paying members last year.
But then think about it, among 320 million people you can find 40 who’ll believe – and pay for – absolutely anything. There might even be that many left who think that Marx was right for example, or that socialism works.
Worth noting quite how important real, vicious, racism is in the US. “One of the most prominent” groups has all of 40 members. This isn’t what we’d call a threat to the Republic.